Plasma crystals and plasma medicine
Due to the effects of gravity, plasma particles are deposited in a strictly two-dimensional layer when processed in a laboratory on Earth. Consequently, a weightless environment is better suited for plasma crystal research, and substantial discoveries have already been made in microgravity conditions.
The practical application of plasmas is the innovative and newly emerging field of plasma medicine, which combines plasma physics, life sciences and clinical medicine. Physical plasmas are implemented in novel therapeutic applications. They are capable of killing bacteria without damage to the surrounding tissue and they furthermore stimulate tissue regeneration.
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global public health which requires action across all government sectors and society. This serious global threat may be overcome by plasma medicine and this novel field may also support the developement of future antimicrobial therapies.